Aims and Objectives

The Royal Economic Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the world. Founded in 1890 and initially called the British Economic Association, it became the Royal Economic Society on receiving its Royal Charter in 1902. As a learned society, the principal aim of the Royal Economic Society is “to promote the study of economic science.”

The main objectives of the Society are:

  • To promote economic research and the advancement of economic knowledge and understanding
  • To disseminate economic knowledge and the results of economic research
  • To encourage the exchange of ideas and the application of the results of economic research
  • To support the education and training of students, teachers and researchers in economics
  • To provide resources for economists in the areas of education, research, business, industry, government and public policy

The main activities of the Society aim to achieve these objectives and can be specified as follows:

  • To ensure that its scientific journals are regularly published, widely read and circulated, have high impact and attract an adequate supply of high-quality papers from an international range of authors
  • To organise an Annual Conference ensuring that it provides an excellent forum for both general lectures and more specialised presentations
  • To provide younger members with adequate support to enable them to undertake and disseminate their research, attend conferences and workshops and enhance their professional skills.
  • To enable those in schools and universities to learn about economics, particularly its applications and to foster the development of their own skills in economic reasoning and understanding

Other regular activities of the Society include:

  • Engagement with the media to disseminate research findings as widely as possible
  • Engagement with the wider community of economists in education, business, public policy groups and government.

    The Royal Economic Society is a registered charity No. 231508
    & a charity registered in Scotland: No. SCO43245.  VAT registration:214168584

The annual Society accounts and report of the Secretary General provide more detail of the activities undertaken during the previous year. View the RES Annual Accounts & Secretary-General's Report

The archives of the Royal Economic Society institutional papers are kept at the British Library of Economic and Political Science Archive. Read more about the History of the Society and the Economic Journal here. Click here to read an article on The Origins and Early Development of The Royal Economic Society which was written by A. W. Coats in Vol 1 of The Economic Journal, 1986.

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